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Caherdaniel meaning Donall’s Stone ring fort is a village in County Kerry , it is located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry. Stone forts are nearby as is Derrynane house, the house of the ‘ Liberator ‘ -Irish politician and statesmen Daniel O’Connell.
The village of Caherdaniel is famous for its stunning blue flag beaches.A blue flag is awarded to beaches that are clean and safe for swimming , usually in the summer months they will have an on duty lifegaurd to safegaurd the beach.Any tour of the Ring of Kerry should include time to stop and take in these beautiful beaches where you can walk, take horse rides or engage in watersports.
Derrynane House is now a national monument and part of a 320 acre National historic park. The house displays relics of O’Connells life and career, along with a small cafe. Guided tours of the house are available on request.
There is evidence here at the mountain summit that the first mines date back to 2000 BC.The mines can still be seen here if you take a hill walk on the Kerry Way .The Copper mines known locally as the Copper Caves gave employment to upwards of 50 until just over 20 years ago.You can also visit nearby Staigue Fort, this impressive fort is largely intact and is the largest pre Christian fort in Ireland overlooking the sea. It would have been built in times of trouble to protect its inhabitants and livestock.
THE KERRY WAY:
The Kerry Way is a marked trail where you can either walk through the town or take a nature trail through Derrynane National Park . The Park is home to many rare types of plants.If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the white tailed eagle which has been reintroduced to Kerry.
Caherdaniel is world famous for fishing in its beautiful lakes and rivers.When you drive from Loher fort and drive over the Coomakista pass you will see stunning views overlooking Derrynane Harbour ,Scarriff and Deenish Island, Kenmare Bay and the vast Atlantic ocean.book your tour of the Ring of Kerry now incorporating Caherdaniel